Pavilion at Tu Duc’s Royal Tomb in Hue, Vietnam

The Pavilion at Tu Duc’s Royal Tomb

The Pavilion at Tu Duc’s Royal Tomb

The information sign at the Xung Khiem Pavilion on the grounds of Tu Duc’s Royal Tomb in Hue, Vietnam says it was, “requested by the emperor for the enjoyment of fresh air, the scenic view and as a place to compose poetry.” Tu Duc Royal Tomb is unquestionably one of the most luxurious and extraordinary royal mausoleums. The tomb, constructed between 1864 and 1867, was so luxurious in fact that the emperor apparently never wanted to leave and designed it for himself to use during his life and after his death. And what a life it was for the barely five foot tall emperor! Tu Duc had 104 wives, countless concubines and no children. One wonders how he had time for poetry.

I made this image on my Vietnam adventure with my Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens. 100 ISO, 10mm, f/9.0 1/100 sec.

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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